From the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault! Denim Day 2013 Op-ed Contest: $2500 in prizes to be awarded!
The Alliance joins all five NYC Borough Presidents and our partners in the Denim Day Planning Committee in announcing an op-ed writing contest for NYC college students in recognition of Denim Day 2013. Undergraduate students currently enrolled in 2- or 4-year degree programs at colleges and universities located within the 5 boroughs are eligible to submit op-ed’s on the Denim Day theme of “Telling the Truth About Sexual Violence.” Five winning entries – one representing each borough – will win $500 each, and will be recognized at the Denim Day 2013 rally on the steps of City Hall. Contest deadline is April 8, 2013, 5:00pm. Visit the Denim Day website for the Official Contest Rules. http://denimdaynyc.org/opedrules/
On Thursday April 4th, 2013, the New York Women’s Foundation Committee for the Future invites you to The Gender Based Violence Public Education Series in partnership with Fork Films and the Frank and Ruth E. Caruso Foundation screening and panel discussion on the Academy Award Nominated Documentary Film The Invisible War.
5:30-6:00 PM: Reception
6:00-9:00 PM: Screening and Panel Discussion
Location: Time and Life Building, Auditorium, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, Second Floor (Enter on 50th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).
For more information: Invisible War Screening and Panel
Please join us in the screening of the documentary It was rape.
Monday, February 25, 6-8 PM
Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, Room 500
Rape is wrong, illegal, reprehensible—but still tragically common. In this film, 8 women recount their experience with sexual assault—from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood.
The result is an opportunity to empathize with people—not just absorb statistics—and, perhaps, to puncture some of the silence and denial that allows sexual assault to thrive. There will be a Q and A with director (and former Lang professor) Jennifer Baumgardner after the screening.
Co-sponsored by Gender Studies, The First -Year Writing Program, Student Health Services and the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice at Lang.
Check out the It was Rape Flyer for more information on the event.
For everyone in New York City, there is a great event happening tomorrow. Join Michael Kimmel and Quentin Walcott for a discussion about men and feminism (and why men should care about feminism!). Here are the details:
Wednesday, June 6th
The Feminist District
151 W. 46th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave) 8th Floor, NYC 10036
(elevator access for the differently abled)
Subway: N,R,Q to 49th St. or B,D,F,M to Rockefeller Center
Here’s a great opportunity for folks living in New York City. Queerocracy has organized a training focused on resisting street harassment that will take place on June 2, 2012, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It’s free and open to everyone. Check out the details below if you’re interested. To register for this event, click here.
JUNE 2, 2012 | 1-5 PM
THE LGBT CENTER
208 West 13th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
Join QUEEROCRACY at this training to resist street harassment of all forms! The event is free of cost and open to everyone.
Reclaiming our power and our voices that can feel lost and silenced when faced with public harassment.
Uncovering the causes of street harassment.
Learning to be effective witnesses and confident survivors of public harassment.
Speaking out & telling our stories.
1:00: check in, visit tables of partnering organizations
1:30: introduction, background & causation of street harassment
2:30: strategies for survivors of street harassment
3:30: strategies for witnesses of street harassment
4:15: speak out & story sharing
If your organization is interested in presenting or tabling at this event, please contact: Megan Mulholland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If transportation fees would prevent you from attending, please let Alli Lindner know at email@example.com.
Come close out Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month with SAFER! We’re celebrating a busy month of movement-building in NYC and want you to celebrate with us at Marshall Stack (66 Rivington St.) on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm!
For a $10 donation, your first drink is on us. The bar’s regular happy hour runs until 7:00 pm.
All donations go directly to helping us train student activists in how to hold their schools accountable for preventing and responding to sexual violence. Help us reach more students before this semester wraps up!
And, of course, you know we want to hang out and see your lovely faces! COME TAKE BACK THE BAR WITH US!
An enormous thanks to everyone who came out for SAFER, NOW-NYC and A Long Walk Home’s FlipIt Conference.
It was a truly inspiring day for everyone, and we were so glad to be a part of it. Please continue to keep in touch via www.facebook.com/FlipItNYC!
And so begins another SAAM! Last year, you may remember, SAFER decided to start recognizing April as Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month, to highlight the awesome action being taken by students on campuses across the country, and to encourage more to get involved and make change. A personal highlight was the great images made by Gangsta Feminists, and hearing the inspiring reasons why so many people were pledging to take action.
This year, we’re focusing our Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month closer to our home with FlipIt! Students Organizing Against Violence. We’ve been telling you about this one-day student summit for a while now, but if we can’t stop talking about it, it’s just because we’re really excited. On April 14th we–with NOW-NYC and A Long Walk Home–have planned a really special day that melds arts activism and policy activism to strengthen the organizing capacity of student activists across the city. We are focusing particularly on bringing together NYC students of color, LGBTQQI students, students with disabilities, and low-income students to help build a stronger and more representative student anti-violence movement here in the city. As of right now, we are still accepting applications, so apply! And tell your friends. Did I mention that the whole day is free, and includes an amazing multimedia performance from A Long Walk Home? Would breakfast and lunch sweeten the deal? Cause we’ve got that too!
But for those of you not in NYC, we hope you engage with SAFER this SAAM by participating in the Campus Accountability Project if you haven’t already; registering for our Activist Resource Center and checking out our latest piece, “Campus Policy: Down to the Details“; or get the jump on next year by thinking about kicking off 2012-2013 with a SAFER training.
But of course there’s more to activism than just what we do. If you’re doing something great on campus this Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month, tell us about it. SAAM should be not only about taking action, but building knowledge. What’s working on your campus and what isn’t? Leave us a comment, or contact us. We’d love you to blog about it for us, if you can pull yourself away from your awesome postering/protesting/and speaking out (and and school work and having a non-activist life!) for a few minutes.
Most importantly though; have fun. SAAM can be daunting—for us too. Event planning, organizing, sorting through intense issues…this stuff can be hard, and it takes perseverance and sometimes a lot of courage. Remember to celebrate the small (and large!) victories and take some time to take care of you.
We think it’s gonna be a good April.
Sexual and sexist comments, public masturbation, groping, stalking, and assault – gender-based street harassment makes public places unfriendly and even scary for many girls, women, and LGBQT folks. Join thousands of people worldwide to speak out against this human rights issue during International Anti-Street Harassment Week, March 18-24, 2012.
There are many ways to participate, including by simply agreeing to talk about the issue, sharing stories or tweeting (#NoSHWeek) during the week, and changing your Facebook photo that week. If you want to organize action in your community, submit it to the map so others in your area can find out about it. No action is too small to help collectively say that the streets should be safe for everyone!
Below is a list of ways that you can use social media to get involved in International Anti-Street Harassment Week!
- 10 things you can do for International Anti-Street Harassment Week.
- More than 80% of women and many LGBQT individuals face #streetharassment. Speak out!
- Counter victim-blaming. Take a pic of what you were wearing when you were street harassed. Share your photo in this online gallery.
- Request a free copy of the “walking home” DVD and discussion guide to spark convos about #streetharassment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- During March 18-24, change your Facebook profile pic to this.
- Anti-Street Harassment Week logos are available in 12 languages – post 1 on your site!
- Planning to participate in Anti-Street Harassment Week? Don’t forget to sign up!
- Here’s a guide for organizing an event, march, or poster campaign for Anti-Street Harassment Week.
If you’re in NYC, check out the Facebook event to get involved during #NoSHWeek!
Learn more at Meet Us On The Street.